Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs

Jacob's Grandad has told him stories of a mysterious place far away all his life.  There are photographs of the children who are the residents of a home for ‘peculiar’ children, a child who can float, a child who seems to be invisible, a boy who seems to be able to lift enormously heavy objects and other children's photos, all equally strange.  Life begins to get very mysterious, and weird and bizzare things start to happen.  Jacob can't understand the mysterious sight he saw as his beloved Grandfather lay dying in his arms, and what were those horrific beings who inflicted the awful injuries.  Jacob sets out on a quest for the truth.

The truth it turns out is very scary, very hard to believe – in short very peculiar.  The photographs sit alongside the story, helping you to visualise the peculiar children and their very peculiar attributes.  I’m not giving more away than this for fear of ruining the surprises.

This book kept me up very lat at night.  I just had to get to the end and find out what happened to Miss Peregrine and what decisions Jacob would make.  I was hooked from page 1 and basically did nothing else but read this book for an entire day.  It is a cross-over novel, fits nicely into Young Adult or Adult and is a treat book.  Lovely!  Book trailer below.

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